Who are the Volunteers?
CNTN is run by volunteers working in four teams on a four-weekly rota. If you would like to join us please contact our secretary.
In order of operation we have:
Cutting Editors and Sub-Editors collect the Chronicles and turn them into the Newspaper to be read out. Articles are selected to provide a good balance of interests and to minimise any bias. They then edit the articles to make better reading. They then collate the articles into sections and end up with a newspaper that takes about the target of 90 minutes to read.
Readers read the prepared articles. They usually work in a team of four and are the public face of the Talking Newspaper.
Recorders record the readers to a computer, mix in any music and prepare a master memory stick. There's little time for editing the recording so it's effectively recorded "as live".
Copiers do a lot more than copying. They take the envelopes received from listeners, check for problems and prepare the envelopes to be sent out. They copy the memory sticks and put them into the envelopes. Finally they post the envelopes.
Membership Secretary deals with requests to become a listener and changes to addresses, and also produces the address cards that go in the front of each envelope.
House Visitors visit the listeners to help with the equipment or maybe just to make contact. House Visitors will always let you and any representative know before they visit.
Then there's the Committee who keep the Talking Newspaper headed in the right direction and deal with legal and financial matters.
There's a lot more to producing a Talking Newspaper than you would think !
We often have a "bonus item" at the end of the recording. This could be anything of interest including poetry, local history or a talking book. If you think you could contribute something please contact our secretary. A recording to a computer or smartphone is usually good enough, or you could make arrangements to come into the studio to record it there.